The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the New York Giants, Eli Manning’s football success should come as no surprise; we’ll delve more into why later. This young athlete led his team to victory in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Before that, he was an outstanding college player who racked up 10, 119 passing yards and 81 touchdown passes. He is now the father of three young girls and married to Abby McGrew of New York City. When off the gridiron, and away from his home in Hoboken, Eli donates his time to a variety of charitable causes. This includes raising funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He also served as a host for Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Golf Classic since 2008.However, his biggest planned contribution comes from his promise to help construct the “The Eli Manning Children’s Clinic” at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Long before Eli thought of sponsoring his own hospital ward, though, he was just the youngest of three brothers growing up in New Orleans.
Elisha Nelson Manning, the youngest child of “Archie” and Olivia Manning, came into the world on January 3rd of 1981. You might say that football was in his genes. His father was a long-term quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and spent 16 seasons in the NFL. Therefore, it’s little surprise that all three of Archie’s sons, including Eli, fell in love with the sport. That didn’t mean his path to stardom was easy. Being the smallest and youngest of the Manning siblings, Eli spent a lot of time being picked on and teased by his elder brothers. While growing up, Eli spent a lot of time with his level-headed mother, Olivia. This supposedly earned him the nickname “Easy” and helped him learn how to keep a level head in a crisis. That’s proved indispensable on the green. Before long, like most children, it came time for Eli Manning to zip up his bag, pack his lunch, and head off to school.
All of his primary education took place at the Isidore Newman School. This private, co-educational, non-denominational school, teaches students from preschool to graduation. Located on a roughly 11-acre campus in uptown New Orleans, the institution boasts over 100 years of history, roughly 1,000 students and nearly 6,000 alumni. Its motto, “Discimus Agere Agendo”, can be translated as “We Learn to do by Doing.” Once he graduated from Isidore Newman, he applied to and was accepted at, the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”). The flagship university for the state of Mississippi was founded in 1848 and has become known for its ability to produce notable alumni in public service, research, and academics. It’s home to 15 different academic divisions and its own accredited medical school. With almost 24,000 students, it’s the largest university in the state. Balancing academics and sports relatively well, Eli Manning graduated from the Ole Miss with a 3.44 GPA and a marketing degree. At this time, he has expressed no interest in returning to further his education.